Jul 23, 2006
Just diagnosed with high LDL after nearly 10 years on ARVs. Put on Lipitor. What is prognosis for reduced chance of heart attack or stroke?
| Response from Dr. Horwath
Lipitor is one drug in a class of drugs often called "statins." Technically, these drugs are HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, which means that they inhibit an important enzyme that is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol and other lipids.
These drugs are extremely effective at reducing total cholesterol, reducing LDL and increasing HDL, all of which are known to dramatically decrease the risks of heart attack (myocardial infarction) and stroke (cerebrovascular accident).
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